Hirschfeld Industries Receives National Award for Kauffman Center
Kansas City, MO (March 22, 2013) – Hirschfeld Industries’ steel work on the Kauffman Center takes home the 2012 Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel (IDEAS2) award. The IDEAS2 awards recognize projects where structural steel has been utilized in an innovative manner. This award is the highest honor bestowed on building projects by the structural steel industry in the U.S. The American Institute of Steel Construction officially presented the IDEAS2 Presidential Award of Excellence in Structural Engineering and Architecture to the Hirschfeld design and construction team in Kansas City, MO in March.
The Kauffman Center is a 400,000 square foot performance center, with a 1,600-seat concert hall and 1,800-seat ballet/opera house demonstrating the ability of structural steel to accommodate complex aesthetic geometry with world-class concert acoustics. The architect, Moshe Safdie, and the structural engineer, Arup, designed the Kauffman Center while Hirschfeld Industries provided the nearly 4,000 tons of steel, of which 25 percent are curved vertical trusses, and was the select steel fabricator for this building.
Consteel Technical Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hirschfeld Industries, used Tekla Structures software to provide highly accurate and interactive 3D computer modeling or Building Information Modeling (BIM). Through a process called Integrated Project Delivery (IPD), J.E. Dunn coordinated the steel model with other trades such as mechanical, electrical and plumbing to building the structure virtually, and thus, assured seamless integration of all trades during construction coordination.
IDEAS2 winners demonstrate the flexible and effective solutions provided by structural steel in a wide variety of categories, such as, the accomplishment of the building's program, the expression of architectural intent, the application of innovative design approaches to the structural system, and the utilization of productivity enhancing construction methods. Within those categories, building projects were judged on their use of structural steel from both an architectural and structural engineering perspective, with an emphasis on the following: creative solutions to project requirements, design innovation, aesthetic and visual impact of the project, innovative use of architecturally exposed structural steel, technical or architectural advances in the use of the steel, the use of innovative design and construction methods and sustainable design and construction. A full list of award recipients can be found on the AISC website.
About Hirschfeld Industries
Hirschfeld Industries serves a wide range of end markets including transportation infrastructure, industrial development, commercial construction and power generation. With 11 facilities and over 900 employees providing a national presence and industry-leading footprint, Hirschfeld Industries is a major participant in the expansion and redevelopment of the U.S. transportation and energy infrastructure systems, both government-funded and private enterprises. Hirschfeld Industries was founded in 1946 and is headquartered in San Angelo, Texas.
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